I wrote earlier about the Patio Bed and how the planting wasn’t quite right.
I am finding the Patio Bed another difficult area – semi-shaded, good soil but chalky a few feet down. I was not happy with the positioning of plants last year and so I have made some changes this year, the second year.
What if we treated the sloping site like a gravel garden, and planted with spaces between the plants?
The patio garden in Suffolk is very small, but crammed with plants, and the star of the moment is the Libertia Grandiflora which I love photographing!
The garden in Suffolk is growing fast, despite the generally chilly and windy weather. Yesterday evening I wondered if the small camera, Canon SX240HS, would cope with the twilight – for all its limitations it really does produce amazing closeup results with a 4.5-90mm lens.
The green plants, with different leaf shapes. Pink flowers in abundance. And the wonderful Libertia Grandiflora about to burst into flower.
We have a small bed on the side of the patio and the planting needs to be ‘interesting’. Bergenia ‘Abendglut’ leaves are burnt Sienna in winter, followed by deep purple flowers in March and April, and then the leaves turn green in the summer. Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ flowers in May & June; Liriope Muscari’s lavender flowers appear…
The flint wall along one side of the garden is beautiful and I don’t want to cover it up. If money was unlimited I might consider raising the height of the wall for privacy with pleached trees. Or I could have a mass planting along the bottom of the wall.
I worked hard in the garden in early December and despite all the wind and rain it is still looking quite good.
The flowers are so beautiful I am drawn into the garden at all times of the day, but capturing their essence is really difficult.